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HubNuggets How-To, Q & A

Updated on November 28, 2013

HubNuggets How-to for You

This hub is looooong overdue! I mentioned to Ryan Hupfer that I was going to do something like this about two months ago but life got in the way, as it does sometimes.

Those of us on the HubNuggets team get emails and forum questions every week from Hubbers wanting to know, first of all, what a HubNugget is and secondly, how to make a hub eligible for the HubNuggets contest. Those are the types of questions that we shall endeavour to answer here.

Once you've checked through the information in this hub and applied it to your own work, you'll have top HubNugget material and be an inspiration for newbie Hubbers who come after you.

Besides, everybody wants their hub to be a HubNugget!

Hurray For HubNuggets!

Don't they look good?
Don't they look good?

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Check It Out! HubNugget History!

Update: Sorry but HubPages has removed the newsletter archives from back that far. Too bad. You can view more current newsletters here: HubPages Newsletter Archive

These old newsletters include early days HubNuggets.

HubPages Newsletter 2 (the first one with HubNuggets, Oct. 2006)

HubPages Newsletter 15 (Jan.17, 2007)

HubPages Newsletter 23 (March 14, 2007)

What is a HubNugget Wannabe?

You Wannabe a HubNugget Wannabe?

The first step to fulfilling your dream of HubNugget stardom is to make the HubNuggets Wannabe list. "Great!" I can hear you saying that as you rub your hands together, eager to get started. It will probably help for you to know what a Wannabe is.

A HubNugget Wannabe is a great hub authored by a new hubber and chosen by the team for inclusion in the week's HubNugget contest. Although the list of new hubber hubs is vast, the team must narrow the number of choices to ten. Those ten finalists are showcased in the weekly HubNuggets hub, whereupon open voting begins via a poll capsule.

Okay Then, What's a HubNugget?

I see this question posted in the comment sections and forum quite a bit. Writers who are new to HubPages can't quite figure out what we're all so excited about.

When the poll tally is taken at the end of a HubNugget week, the five hubs with the highest number of votes are officially designated as HubNuggets.

What's in it for the Winners?

The rewards for being a HubNugget Wannabe is lots of new readers, fans and traffic because people have been introduced to you and your work via the HubNuggets hub. Yay!

HubNuggets can really propel a newbie's hubbing aspirations. Here's what you get if your hub is one of the top five that are declared HubNuggets:

  • increased traffic
  • increased readership
  • increased fan base
  • a letter of congratulations from a HubNuggets team member
  • your profile, link and winning hub feed prominently displayed in the weekly newsletter, which is emailed to approximately 50,000 hubbers
  • your winning hub title posted in the HubNugget forum thread

As you can see, regardless of whether you are a HubNugget Wannabe or a HubNugget, it's all good! Don't forget that increased traffic = increased ad revenue potential, too.

Wow! Sheer Hubber Heaven!

HubNuggets is for "New" Hubbers. How "New" Do I Have to Be?

You must have joined HubPages within the last 60 days.  You must also have an author score of 75 or higher.

I've Written Quite A Few Hubs Already. Are They All Eligible?

You're going to want to make sure that you write at least one quality hub every week!  In order to be considered for HubNuggets, your hub must have been published in the preceeding seven days and have a hub score of 55 or more. 

How Do I Make My Hub HubNugget Worthy?

I'm glad you asked. When putting together your hubs, incorporate the following elements:

  • well written, engaging content that goes into detail about your topic
  • ensure that you have enough content in your hub - 800 or more words is a good start
  • well chosen topics - topics that are evergreen and searched for are perfect
  • relevant photos for sure, videos are good, too
  • a final edit of your hub before publishing to remove typos and spelling errors and to make certain that you have arranged the most attractive layout possible

The goal is to present your highest quality work in the most attractive way. Teach people something or entertain them and they will return to read more of your hubs. You will essentially brand yourself as a readable author and develop a loyal following. That will continue to build over time if you maintain a high quality standard in your hubs.

Can I Nominate My Own or Someone Else's Hubs for HubNuggets?

Yes, you can.  We do look at the nominations that we receive, however we cannot promise or guarantee that any of the hubs recommended to us will be chosen as a HubNugget Wannabe.  Sorry folks, but I'm sure you understand.

The HubNuggets Team

Ryan Hupfer
Ryan Hupfer
Shirley Anderson
Shirley Anderson
B.T. Evilpants
B.T. Evilpants
Patty Inglish, MS
Patty Inglish, MS
Zsuzsy Bee
Zsuzsy Bee

Who Picks the HubNuggets Each Week?

We have a designated HubNuggets team.

Ryan Hupfer is a HubPages employee with the official title of, Communicator of Awesomeness. Hup oversees the team, lending us guidance. He's always there for us, despite the different time zones. I'm not certain, but I think he's probably answered our questions in the middle of the night and while in the shower.

Shirley Anderson (me) is the team lead, although there is not a lot of leading to do, considering the talented professionals that share the HubNuggeting experience with me. I'm sooo lucky to be able to work with these people while trying to contribute to the HubPages community!

B.T. Evilpants helped us make history by being the first HubNuggets Jackalope in the whole world. He's a loveable mixture of fun and evil. Luckily, his addiction to butter tarts has not (yet) interferred with his crafting a fabulous HubNugget hub, nor with his choosing great Wannabe's for the weekly contest. I don't know how it is that B.T. can be such a great writer - he has no thumbs to hold a pencil and he can't type. If I'm not mistaken, his friend, RMR helps out. That makes it tough to know who the real writer is - B.T. or RMR? Perhaps one of them will confess and let us know who it is that writes for freelance clients.

Patty Inglish, MS is the most prolific writer I know! Not only that but everything Patty writes is definitely HubNugget worthy! Relax, Patty's been here quite a while and does not qualify. She's a polished professional who hasn't forgotten how to have fun, which is why she is a wonderful addition to our HubNuggets team and a successful freelancer. Patty is also in business with B.T. Evilpants.....something to do with gravy, I think.

Ripplemaker is a sweet angel who flies from Wannabe to Wannabe in her HubMobile, reading, commenting and doing her civic hub duty by voting for her favourite. Ripplemaker is our loveable, talented cheerleader who always supports hubbers and the HubNuggets team. Go, Ripplemaker!

Zsuzsy Bee graciously agreed to join our ranks in November, 2009. As her name suggests, she moves from place to place, spreading sweetness and fun. Zsuzsy keeps very busy, offline as well with her writing career and she's not only Canadian, she's smart, too. She knows how to work out percentages.

RedElf is another hubber that we love and welcomed to the fold in November of '09. Her enthusiasm is inspiring and contagious. Like Zsuzsy Bee, RedElf is a fellow Canadian. I believe we Canucks are very close to having the majority vote. :) I wonder if there's ever been a HubNuggets coup?

Life Cycle of a HubNugget

  1. A report is generated of all the new hubs by new hubbers (usually 2500-2800 per week)
  2. HubNugget team members go through the list, looking for the best quality hubs
  3. The HubNugget team narrows down the list to ten Wannabes
  4. One of the team members constructs the hub and forum thread
  5. HubNugget Wannabes are read and voted on by peers and others
  6. Ryan Hupfer officially declares the top five winning HubNuggets
  7. An announcement is made in the forum
  8. Each of the winners receive a congratulatory email from a member of the HubNuggets team and appear in the newsletter for that week

Rinse and repeat each Wednesday.

Who Makes the Official Declaration of Winners?

Every week, Ryan Hupfer lets the team know the official list of top five winning HubNuggets.

What is Considered a HubNugget Week?

The contest runs from Wednesday to Wednesday each week.

When Does the Newsletter Come Out and How Do I Get One?

The newsletter shows up in your email inbox, usually on Wednesday afternoons.  Check the email address that you signed up with to get your HubPages account, it should be there.  You don't have to sign up for it, it is an automated mailing that goes out to all the registered hubbers.

If you are not receiving your newsletters, you may need to change your HubPages email address.  Occasionally, spam blockers won't let it through.

Can I Promote My Own Hub to Get More Votes?

ABSOLUTELY! Blog it, Stumble it, Facebook it, Digg it, whatever you can think of to drive up your votes. And yes, you can vote for yourself. The HubNugget police won't come after you, I promise.

We had one instance where someone was going to help their goldfish vote for them.

It isn't just fellow hubbers that can vote, either. Everybody in the world is allowed to vote for your hub, so promote the bajeebers out of it! Tell your friends, family, co-workers, the guy behind the counter where you get your coffee, your mechanic, the teenager at the gas bar. Tell anybody and everybody to come and vote for your hub!

Any Parting Words of Advice?

Yes. Read, read and read some more. Check out some of the winning HubNuggets hubs, as well as those of hubbers in good standing who have been around for some time. See what they're doing that you're not.

When you finish a hub and really feel pleased that it looks and reads great and you feel proud of it, chances are your hub has attained HubNugget worthiness.

If you have any questions about HubNuggets, you can ask any of the HubNugget team members. We'll help you in any way that we can.

Happy Hubbing!

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    • Chuck Fasst profile image

      Chuck Fasst 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Is this Hubnuggets still around? And I have not received newsletters.

    • PenHitsTheFan profile image

      Amy L. Tarr 

      9 years ago from Home

      I just got nominated and I had no idea how. LOL Thanks for the info.

    • urmilashukla23 profile image


      9 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      I wanted to know the information about HubNuggets and I got it here. Bookmarked it for future reference. Great Hub. Voted up and Useful!

    • Megan Coxe profile image

      Megan Coxe 

      10 years ago from somewhere between here and there

      Thank you! This definitely answered some of my questions!

    • Dr Bill Tollefson profile image

      Bill Tollefson 

      10 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Thanks. This is a great opportunity for all Hubbers to get recognized and maybe win a contest. Hub Pages is wonderful for all who want to write and publish. I was recently interviewed and featured on the newsletter. What an honor.

    • emichael profile image


      10 years ago from New Orleans

      How do you officially nominate a hub?

    • rLcasaLme profile image

      Rael Casalme 

      10 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      I am now very excited to submit a second hub. Hope it gets nominated for a hubnugget. Just joined recently, and hopes my score improves over time. Cheers!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      10 years ago from Germany

      This is very informative. It´s a pity I have not read it sooner.I´m 3 months here in HP. I wish all luck to the newbies.

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      10 years ago

      This is good info. I didn't know the news letters came out on Wednesday though bc I got my nomination on Friday. That's ok I tried to promote the best I could for people to vote and it was fun and cool to be nominated.

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      Sue B. 

      10 years ago

      Hey! informative hub- wish I read it sooner. I joined 2 months ago, could I squeak into the hubnugget contest or did I just miss it?

    • LeisureLife profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the great info ! It was especially helpful for me this week because apparently one of my articles has been nominated !!! :)

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      Gigi Thibodeau 

      10 years ago

      This was incredibly clear and helpful. Thanks so much!

    • T. Brian profile image

      T. Brian 

      10 years ago

      Ripplemaker nominated one of my hubs to become a hubnuggeted, and I had no idea what that meant. This really cleared things up, thank you. :)

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      Mike's Corner 

      10 years ago from Maryland

      I kept seeing the word HubNugget pop up and I started thinking that I might need some BBQ sauce -- thanks for clearing it all up for me with this great hub Shirley. Oh, and I officially nominate all of my hubs :)

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You're welcome, Okmom. Glad to provide some helpful info.

      Docmo, you're very welcome. Hopefully, we'll see one of your hubs in the lists of nominees soon.

      Hi, Joleen and welcome! I'm sure it won't take you long to get your hubscore up. Nice thing about HP is that it's fun achieving those types of goals.

      Linda, promoting new writers is my favourite part of HN. I believe that helps newbies gain some confidence, as well. I puff up proud when one of our own finds validation in their talent because of the contest.

      Hiya, Rosie. Congratulations of your win! Yes, the contest has changed since I began working with it a year and a half ago (also when I wrote this hub). There are now three categories, which means three winners. Cool, eh?

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      Rosie Rose 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Shirley, thank you for this very helpful hub. Last week one of my hubs got nominated in the Health category. I came in second in the category, BUT I still received an email saying I WON!!! Of course, I was ecstatic. But I couldn't understand how I could have been a winner without being #1 in my category. Now I got it.. There are three categories... so the highest votes in each category automatically win, plus two wannabies with the highest score. Thank you so much for this hub, I've learned a lot about HubNuggets. And I'm honoured to be a Hubnugget. Thank you all.

      Have a nice day,


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      Linda Chechar 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      This answered the mystery of the Hubnuggets! What a great way to acknowledge and promote new Hubbers. Great info and something for us newbies to strive for!

    • joleenruffin profile image


      10 years ago from Tracy, CA

      Just joined hub pages and had not heard about hub nuggets! This is great....working on getting my hub score to 75!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      10 years ago from UK

      I am looking forward to reading the nominees- as a newbie myself hopefully I may be considered worthy in the future! This is a really useful hub and clarifies a lot of things to a newcomer. Thank you.

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      Donna Oliver 

      10 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      I am glad I found this thread! I learn something new each time I visit the forums. Thank you for a great team!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank-you, Fundamentallife!

    • fundamentallife profile image


      11 years ago

      Thank you Shirley, I am going to look into Hubnuggets.

      This was well worth the Digg!


    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, JKeiser. The newsletter issue crops up for people, now and again. I've had a problem with it myself. I was able to start getting it by changing my email address. There doesn't seem to be an explicable reason, just one of those cyberspace things.

      You get a daily digest?? I didn't even know that there was one. Think I'd better check out what that entails.

      Yes, you can read the archived newsletters here:

      They are listed by date, so you will have to click the date you want to read it.

      Hope this helps, JK! Thanks for coming by.

    • JKeiser profile image


      11 years ago from Halstead, KS

      I have checked my spam/junk email folder, inbox, etc. and have never received the newsletter. I get the daily digest, but not the newsletter. Is there somewhere on hubpages where we can go to view the hubnuggets winners?

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Holy Smokes! Am I behind, or what?? Sorry, everyone.

      Dobson, I feel so bad for you! When I wrote this how-to, HubNuggets was structured a bit differently than it is now and I haven't had a chance to get back here and make the changes yet. Now, hubs are chosen from only 3 categories (the categories change weekly and have a 7 week rotation) that are given to the team in reports. Often, there are so many good ones, way more than the number we are to select. Perhaps that is what happened with yours?

      For those who asked about how to nominate your own or someone else's hub, just send an email to one of the HN (HubNuggets) team. If the hub meets the criteria and fits one of the categories for the week, it will be considered - promise. No one can guarantee that it will be chosen, however.

      Lifeallstar1, it sounds like you have very high quality work, bravo to you! Don't worry if it takes you a bit longer, you are one of those who put quality ahead of quantity.

      Those who want to promote their nominated hubs have a number of options - StumbleUpon, Digg, FaceBook, etc., your blog or website, word of mouth, anything that you can do to stir up additional interest and voting for your hub. Voters do not have to be members of HubPages. What you cannot do, without getting into trouble, is spam, whether by email or in the HP forums or other people's hubs. We've had newbies do it by accident and it will not work, at all. Social networking and blogging however, have had tremendous results for a lot of people.

      Thank-you for everybody for your sweet words and your patience in waiting for my reply. xx

    • equealla profile image


      11 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      My nomination was a big surprise, but I must admit, HubPages is still Wonderland, and me... I am Alice! I just adore being part of such a great community and our team is my hero's. Why? Because you do so much to make our writing experience such a joy, and your support is just "above cool".

      I admire the team for using TIME to search through thousands of good articles every week, to nominate writers. Your dedication towards us, makes us feel special. Thank you for your love and attention and advice, and new things you add, and, and, and... too many to mention and still more to discover.

      Thumbs up for a great team.

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      Joyful Pamela 

      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This sounds fun! I've been here about a month, and I wish I had heard of it before! This shall inspire me a bit. :)

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      Daliah Lego 

      11 years ago from Kazakhstan (where Borat came from. LOL)

      How actually can one promote himself? How and where can I submit my hub?

    • CYBERSUPE profile image


      11 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Got me all excited Shirley. Thank You so much for this very interesting and informative Hub. Thanks Shirley for giving of your most precious time and May God Bless!

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for the info.I am also curious. How do you go about nominating a hub? Where do you go to do this?

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      Dawn Michael 

      11 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      so how do you get selected to be a hubnugget? I am applying!!!!!! lol

    • samiaali profile image


      11 years ago

      Thank you very much for a very informative Hubpage. I will use all of your great advice!

    • Dobson profile image


      11 years ago from Virginia

      I don't get it, I met all of the criteria, my hubs are rated high but now the time has passed and no Hubnuggets nominations.

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      11 years ago

      looks like there are all sorts of interesting incentives to help writers - looks like fun

    • Dobson profile image


      11 years ago from Virginia

      I keep looking to see if anything I wrote made the Hubnuggests, but alas they have not. Can you suggest anything I can do to make mine more appealing?

    • Lifeallstar1 profile image


      11 years ago

      This was very interesting. I'm still really new but even though I still have numbers, I have only written one hub. I'm trying. Its been as weeks I've been here and hope to add on to one I have that is doing pretty well but want to add a few things and have started another which takes time since I'm trying to find video for it and there's no way to pop out a ton all at once. It takes time to get it right. my TBI slows me down but I'm trying. I might never be a nugget wannabe or whatever levels you have for it but I'm doing the best I can to produce what I feel is quality hubs. Although only one published I'm happy with it for the most part. Like I said I want to add a few things but I'm working on the next as well. Any handicaps on time? : )

    • epigramman profile image


      11 years ago

      Madam there are 'gold' nuggets and golden nugget moments to be found in your hubs ....... and that makes all the rest of us very rich indeed!

    • bonnebartron profile image


      11 years ago from never one place for too long

      Hi Shirley, Thanks so much for the demystifying! I'm gonna check this stuff out! Loves!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Rene. Sorry for the confusion. Those numbers are the percentages of votes that each hubber received out of the total number of votes cast in that category.

      Does that help, or make it worse?

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      Rene Lassater 

      11 years ago from California

      Okay, I get it. What I don't get is what the percentage numbers are that appear next to the winners in the newsletter and how they are calculated. I can't seem to find anything about this...

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Bonne. There have been some format changes in the contest but I'll try to clarify for you.

      - you have to be a new hubber

      - you have to have a hubscore (the number by your profile pic) of 75 or more

      - your hub must have a score of 55 or higher

      Re the topics, that is part of the 'new' stuff. Even we don't know them in advance, they are chosen by the HP staff and given to the team when it's time to choose candidates.

      Don't worry though, categories go through a 7 week rotation, so any of the categories that you write in will get a shot. If you want to improve your odds, you may want to write in a few different categories.

      Does that demystify things for you? I hope so.

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      11 years ago from never one place for too long

      Great Hub, still confused, but less confused about the HubNugget idea... I'd love to participate in the nuggets contest, I've been here a week, and I looked through the eligibility, but alas, I am still confused. I gather that one must be found by a HubNugget Pro, but I sense there is something else... lol yes, I will keep researching, I've only 8 hubs right now, and I am unsure what the topic is for the week... I think that is the bit of info that is eluding my grasp...

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's hilarious, Jamie! A great idea too, we should have a band. Thanks for the suggestion! :-) No one is *simply* a newbie. (cue strong, dramatic music) We are Hubbers! (now, doesn't that feel good?) Thank-you for your fun comment!

      Hi, Alison. You're welcome, glad I could help. Congrats on your Wannabe status, good luck in the contest. Thanks for coming by!

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      Alison Graham 

      11 years ago from UK

      Hi Shirley, thanks for all the helpful info in this article. I am going to read, read and read some more before I publish another hub! Thanks again, a Newbie who's a Wannabee!

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      11 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Thanks Shirley that's answered all my questions about Wannabes, I thought they were some new boy band from Australia....I wannabe Shirley's guy...Sounds like a great deal of think I thought I was simply a newbie!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glad to be of help, Borge. The HubNuggets format changed recently and now features 3 categories to vote on. Just check out the last 3 HubNuggets hubs and you'll see what I mean.

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      11 years ago from Philippines

      I've been wondering lately what is a hubnugget and thanks to this I know now what it is. Thanks Shirley.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, you do, JJ. Three weeks ago, the rules changed however, so it would probably be a good idea for you to check out one of the HubNugget hubs so you can see the new format.

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      11 years ago

      Cool beans, good to know I have a competition as a brand new hubber. Thanks a lot.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, Isabelle! Hope it helped.

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      11 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

      Great info thanks so much.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for your comments, everyone.

      Christopher, you can send an email to anyone on the HubNuggets team to nominate a hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I'm not a new Hubber but I haven't written many and feel like a new Hubber. Too bad I didn't do this after I joined. This looks like a great way to promote your Hubs.

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      Christopher Floyd 

      11 years ago from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

      Where do we go to nominate a hub for hubnuggetedness? I've looked around, but must be missing it.

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      Angela Blair 

      11 years ago from Central Texas

      Being the newbie that I am I didn't even know there was such a thing as Hub Nuggets! Wow - am I flattered and thrilled to be considered. I've only recently gone back to writing after a 20 year absence and so glad I found Hub Pages - it's fun, challenging and the new friends I've met here are wonderful. Thanks so very, very much y'all! (Obviously, I lapse into the Texas vernacular when I get excited!)

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      11 years ago

      I wanted to thank everyone involved for nominating my hub (Top Red Wines for Under $10 delivered) for this weeks Hub Nuggets!! This is so cool and thank you all for taking the time to put this together!

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      11 years ago from West Virginia

      Oh wow! I didn't realize, but I'm eligible to be a NuggetWannabe. Thanks for clue-ing me in, Shirley...Now to do the work of figuring out which one I want to use...There are only a few to choose from. I'll email you!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hey, RedElf! We're thrilled that you and Zsuzsy Bee agreed to join the team! I know that Patty and B.T. are looking forward to working with you both as much as I am. Welcome aboard.

      Hi, Dohn! Long time no talk to. You definitely 'pay it forward'. I don't get a lot of time on HP these days but I've seen some of your forum posts and hub comments. You're always very supportive of your fellow hubbers and I know they appreciate it.

      Thank-you for your comment, Dohn.

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      11 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You know, Shirley, I'll never forget all of the help and support I received when coming over to HubPages. There are so many people here that are genuinely supportive to otheres. I do my to 'pay it forward' so to speak. I hope many more Hubbers swing by and check out this Hub!

      Thanks as always, Shirley!

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      11 years ago from Canada

      Being nominated is a great boost! It really helped me when I was new here, and it's great fun to be part of the team right now.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm glad you enjoyed being in the HubNuggets limelight, Townart! Keep up the great work!

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      11 years ago

      Shirley Anderson: thanks for the detailed info about hub nuggets. I just learned that my hub, How To Drive A Manual Car

      was nominated and I'm so psyched to find out it has been read and enjoyed.

      There are some awesome writers on hubpages and now I'm looking forward to reading all of my fellow hubnugget nominees' work. Cheers!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You're very welcome, 2uesday, glad it helped you. Best of luck in the contest!

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      11 years ago

      Thank you and thank goodness, I found your hub and some useful information about HubNuggets.

      When I read the email to say my hub was nominated I was not sure what to do but this hub helps. I am starting to realise how lucky I am.Thanks

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are very welcome, QuirkyPearl!

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      11 years ago from England - UK

      Thanks Shirley ;-)

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats to you, Retellect! Glad I could help. :)

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      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yay! My hub "Realities of Youth Homelessness" got nominated and I'm over the moon. Thanks for clearing it up Shirley :)

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Itswritten, if you write quality hubs that have the criteria mentioned here, you have as good a chance as everyone else who does. The only thing I might add is to choose an interesting topic and make it evergreen, if possible.

      Best of luck with your hubs and welcome to HP! Thanks for your question. :)

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      12 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Do you think I have what it takes to become a hubnugget or a wanna be, it seem like you giving an golden oportunity to new hubbers like me, thanks again.

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats, Green Lotus! We like to surprise our newbies. :) Best of luck, don't forget to promote your nominated hub and drum up lots of votes!

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      12 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'm a happy new hubber! I've been nominated this week! Thank you,,,thank you! (and I didn't even know about HubNuggets)

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm happy you found this helpful, RedSonja!

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      12 years ago from Michigan

      This is awesome. I didn't understand any of this process until today. Glad you shared this information for newbies like me.

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hello Carmen Canuck! I'm always get excited to see another Canadian here on HP. Our numbers are growing, too.

      Thanks for the help you gave me :) and for your comment.

      Thank-you, Rebecca. Hope this clarified the HubNuggets process a bit for you.

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      Rebecca E. 

      12 years ago from Canada

      cool info now I know!

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      Carmen Borthwick 

      12 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Hi Shirley and fellow Canadian. Great hub, filled with awesome info. Thanks for doing this for us all.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Lily. You just have to email someone on the HubNuggets team. Any of us, except Ryan Hupfer. The rest of us are the ones that choose the Wannabes.

      Hope you got my email.

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      Lily Rose 

      12 years ago from A Coast

      Maybe I missed it - how does one make consideration - does someone have to nominate you?

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm glad it was helpful to you, Jack!

      Maybe we'll see one of your hubs in next week's HubNuggets contest. :)

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Jack Lhasa 

      12 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

      Great article. I'm brand new here, and this cleared up a lot for me. Thanks!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations, Kent! You are officially a Wannabe.

      You are so right about HubPages having such excellent writers. There's a lot of talent here and more signing up each day.

      In the hub, I mentioned that we get 1300 - 1600 per week. We are now up to 2800 per week!

      Proof that this is a great community!

      Thanks for your comment, Kent. Best of luck in the contest. Don't forget to promote your nominated hub!

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      Kent Merritt 

      12 years ago from Tulsa, OK

      After reading this article, I am even more honored that one of my hubs was selected to be in the top ten! Thanks to those who selected it!

      I've also discovered some excellent writers through these Hubnugget Wannabe selections. A very nice networking feature!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You're not old, Don! You're vintage, experienced and seasoned as a hubber but never old. :)

      Thanks for taking the time to learn about HubNuggets!

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      Don Simkovich 

      12 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      I'm too "old" to be voted as a Hub nugget but after a year on Hubpages, i'm glad I finally took the time to learn about it!

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's a shame, Debby! Don't worry though, because every week we also have a HubMob. It's not a contest but it's still loads of fun.

      You can find out about this week's topic in this forum thread:

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      Debby Bruck 

      12 years ago

      Great article that explains it all with plenty of links. Too, too bad... I've been here more than 60 days and never got into the Hubnugget thing while I had the opportunity. Good luck to all newbies.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations to you, Euro-pen! You are right about already being a winner. Only hubs that fit the criteria are eligible. You wrote a wonderful hub that you can very proud of. Don't forget to promote your hub like crazy and drum up all kinds of votes - they don't have to come from hubbers.

      Very best of luck in the HubNuggets contest!

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      12 years ago from Europe

      After reading this hub I am really very excited that one of my hubs (actually my very first out of a grand total of three :)) got nominated to this exclusive list of hubnugget wannabees. Wow. I am already feeling sort of like a winner, irrespective of the final votes on my hub. I wish everyone of my fellow hubnugget wannabees good luck. Cheers.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh, that's easy, NYM - just email one of us - ProCW, B.T. Evilpants, Patty Inglish or me.

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      12 years ago

      Great Hub and very informative...however, there seems to be one question that you didn't answer. How do you nominate a hub??

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      Akpan Ataba 

      12 years ago from Planet Earth

      Nice Hub, Shirley you did a great Job, and I we all appreciate It, we love you. I will love to share with you the secret of making money online without blogging, or thinking of how to drive traffic to your site, all you need to do is just check how much you have made, this is some thing that has been working for me and i make alot of money from it. Read about this at :

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hey, lxxy! Thanks for coming by. I'll tell you a little secret....all you need to know is on this page. ;)

      Good luck, Mr. Not Frank!

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      12 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Hopefully I'll be nommed for a nugget some day... ;)

      If not, oh well, other's must be better.

      Good shtuff, as always, Miss Not Frank!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, Herald. Glad to help. Why don't you become a HubNuggeteer?

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      Herald Daily 

      12 years ago from A Beach Online

      I did make it over to Dottie's wonderful hub. It was a beautiful tribute of love.

      This is a great hub, by the way. Very clear and it takes a lot of the performance anxiety away. Now, at least I know what to do, I'm not guessing anymore.


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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Aww, thanks Dottie! I really appreciate you sharing the hub, too.

      Aren't those old newsletters fun to look at?

      I'm glad that you enjoyed my little HubNuggets tutorial. We're hoping that it clears up a lot of mystery surrounding the contest.

      Gosh, thanks for the congrats on my Good Gravy Award. What a wonderful surprise it was, especially since I can't make gravy.

      By the way, Dottie, I sent my friend, Herald Daily to one of your hubs. Hope he made it there.

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      12 years ago from MA, USA

      GREAT Hub Shirley.  I've already passed it along to a new hubber in my mailbox asking about how to gain traffic.  I so enjoyed looking at the older hubnugget newsletters and found the first one by jimmythejock who wrote about suicidal dogs on a suicidal bridge in Scotland which was very interesting and eerie...

      Thumbs up to you Shirley on a very informative and well put together hub, almost good enough to eat with all the gravy you poured into it!  loved it!

      And congratulations on winning the Good Gravy Award from GravyWorld & Jackalope Rescue Society Culinary Institute.

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Why, thank-you, Patty!!

      I'd also like to thank you and B.T. for the prestigious Good Gravy Award - what an honour!  I want to thank the academy, my high school English teacher and all my fellow hubbers for helping me win this award, as well.  *happy sigh*

      Gotta love Dr. Zorba.  I have hair like his. :)

      Thanks again, Patty!!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      A wonderful Hub full of crystal clear information that can make every new Hubber a HubNuggets celebrity! On behalf of B.T. Evilpants and myself, I hereby award you the Good Gravy Award from GravyWorld & Jackalope Rescue Society Culinary Institute.

      Oooo - Dr. Zorba - from 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.' That's a favorite since lunchtime old movies in middle school :)


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